February is technically the shortest month of the year, but it holds a lot of weight. Mardi Gras is celebrated wholeheartedly in New Orleans, the greatest sports game of each year—the Super Bowl—is watched by millions of people, and now the American Dental Association (ADA) recognizes February as Children’s Dental Health Month! Wow, that’s a lot of action jam-packed into 28 days, but our children’s oral health is of the highest priority. Why is a whole month dedicated to children’s dental health? Your Vienna dentist can answer your questions and keep your little one’s smiles bright and healthy.
Why is children’s health care important?
This national health observance brings together dedicated dental professionals, healthcare providers, and educators to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and their caregivers. The only way to instill healthy habits is to educate the adult figures in our children’s lives. Your child’s dental care affects them now and later, even after they lose their baby teeth. Keeping your child’s teeth and gums healthy during adolescence sets forth a healthy foundation for their permanent teeth. Maintaining good oral hygiene starts by visiting your dentist in Vienna, VA and keeping up consistent hygiene practices at home.
Why should my child visit the dentist already?
Your child’s first visit to the dentist should happen before his or her first birthday. Bringing your son or daughter to the dentist while they are young is the best way to avoid dental anxiety. Our office is inviting and fun, making it easy for them to build a trusting relationship with our kid-friendly team. In addition, parents can learn how to clean their child’s teeth at home. Drs. Barakat, Bobbio, and Khoury are super supportive when it comes to educating parents on ways to care for their children’s teeth. We at Vienna Smiles understand that juggling your own health care as well as your child’s is a lot of information. We are happy to support our engaged parents throughout their family’s healthcare journeys. Some of the pediatric services we offer include:
- Regular dental check-ups—examinations of your child’s teeth development
- Comprehensive dental cleaning—prevents tooth decay and gum disease
- Dental sealants—protects teeth from cavities
- Provide age appropriate supplies and/or resources—toothbrushes, toothpastes, or floss
- Education on healthy at-home dental routines
What can I do to promote healthy oral hygiene at home?
As a parent, you have the most influence on your child compared to anyone else. It is critical to make sure that you are modeling healthy habits at home as well as instilling them. As your child watches you get ready for work, he or she is subconsciously learning how to take care of themselves. Our office loves to think that these are great learning opportunities for your little ones. We enjoy providing information that makes this process a bit easier for you. Here are some simple tips for caring for your youngster’s teeth:
- Brush your infant’s teeth by wetting a soft-bristled, age-appropriate toothbrush with water.
- Brush your toddler’s teeth in the bathroom while your child is watching you.
- If your child is 6-8 years old, let them brush their teeth themselves. Inspect your child’s teeth if you are unsure whether they’re missing certain areas of the mouth.
- Encourage your child to brush at least twice a day, morning and night.
- Your child’s toothbrush should be replaced every three to four months, or sooner if it is worn out or frayed.
- Practice flossing your child’s teeth very carefully, do not apply too much pressure when inserting the floss between teeth.
Our team provides care that’s friendly, comfortable, and as comprehensive as possible. We look forward to meeting you and even the smallest members of your family! Contact Vienna Smiles today if you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule an appointment.